Although the icon depicts the event described by Saint [[Apostle Luke|Luke]], it is not meant to be a historical picture, but a representation of the Church.
Christ is shown inside the [[mandorla]] blessing all with his right hand and holding a scroll in his left. This is to show love and knowledge. This sphere is
not being carried up in glory by angels as it appears but rather they are worshiping Him as all creation does in heaven and on earth.
Even though we see Christ departing, the Orthodox Church sees the second and glorious coming in the same icon. Jesus said he would return exactly as he ascended. The icon does not show direction. His love and teachings are still with the Church.